Saizerais Aerodrome

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Saizerais Aerodrome
Part of American Expeditionary Forces (AEF)
Located near: Saizerais, France
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VI Corps Observation Group officers with a De Havilland DH-4, Saizerais Airfield, France, November 1918
Saizerais Aerodrome is located in France
Saizerais Aerodrome
Saizerais Aerodrome
Saizerais Aerodrome (France)
Coordinates 48°47′46″N 006°01′25″E / 48.79611°N 6.02361°E / 48.79611; 6.02361
Type Combat Airfield
Site information
Controlled by US Army Air Roundel.svg  Air Service, United States Army
Condition Agricultural area
Site history
Built 1918
In use 1918–1919
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World War I
Garrison information
Garrison VI Corps Observation Group
United States First Army Air Service

Saizerais Aerodrome, was a temporary World War I airfield in France. It was located 1.0 mile (1.6 km) West-Northwest of Saizerais, in the Meurthe-et-Moselle department in north-eastern France.

Overview[edit]

The airfield was briefly used by the United States VI Corps Observation Group, Second Army Air Service in late October, early November 1918 as a main operating base. It likely consisted of a series of tents for personnel and headquarters, with two squadrons of observation aircraft parked on basically agricultural fields, along with some photo processing trailers to develop film and forward the reconnaissance information to Second Army headquarters. Second Army was established in October primarily to carry out offensive operations in the Metz area, however, before it could become fully operational, the war ended. Due to the brief nature of its operations, Saizerais Aerodrome was never fully developed.

After the armistice, the Americans moved into the Rhineland as part of the Third Army of occupation and Saizerais Aerodrome was abandoned. It was turned over to the French and eventually it was returned to agricultural use. Today it is a series of cultivated fields located to the northwest of Saizerais, to the east of the Départmental 907 (D907) and south of the D611, with no indications of its wartime use.

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References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Series "D", Volume 2, Squadron histories,. Gorrell's History of the American Expeditionary Forces Air Service, 1917–1919, National Archives, Washington, D.C.

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